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The Flute in Scotland from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century


Elizabeth C. Ford

It is a generally accepted truth that the flute was unknown in Scotland prior to 1725, and that it was played exclusively by wealthy men. Upon examination, these beliefs are demonstrably false. This book explores the role of the flute in Scottish musical life, primarily in the long eighteenth century, including players, repertoire, manuscripts, and instruments. Evidence for ladies having played the flute is also examined, as are possible connections between flute playing and bagpipe playing. Reasons for the flute’s disappearance from the pantheon of Scottish instruments are considered, and interviews with contemporary flute players in Scotland depict flute playing in contemporary Scotland. This work fills a major gap in knowledge of Scottish musical life and flute history.

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Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland

Valentina Bold, General Editor

This series presents a new reading of Scottish culture, establishing how Scots, and non-Scots, experience this devolved nation. Within the context of a rapidly changing United Kingdom and Europe, Scotland is engaged in an ongoing process of self-definition. The series will deal with this process as well as with cultural phenomena, from debates about the relative value of Gaelic-based, Scots and Anglicised culture, to period-specific definitions of Scottish identity. Orally transmitted culture – from traditional narratives to songs, customs, beliefs and material culture – will be a key consideration, along with the reconstruction of historical periods in cultural texts (visual and musical as well as historical). Taken as a whole, the series will go some way towards achieving a new understanding of a country with potential for development into parallel treatments of locally based cultural phenomena. The series welcomes monographs as well as collected papers.

Vol.   1 Valentina Bold.James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making. 376 pages. 2007.ISBN 978-3-03910-897-8

Vol.   2 James Porter (ed.).Defining Strains: The Musical Life of Scots In the Seventeenth Century. 386 pages. 2007.ISBN 978-3-03910-948-7

Vol.   3 Aaron Kelly.James Kelman: Politics and Aesthetics. 251 pages. 2013.ISBN 978-3-03911-130-5

Vol.   4 Jonathan Murray.Discomfort and Joy: The Cinema of Bill Forsyth. 270 pages. 2011.ISBN 978-3-03911-391-0

Vol.   5 Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen.The Fiction of Brian McCabe and (Scottish) Identity. 309 pages. 2013.ISBN 978-3-0343-0830-4

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